A Hacker Monster Mash

Call for Presentations Now OPEN!

Summit: Oct 28-29 | 12 Courses: Oct 30 – Nov 4 | Hollywood, CA & Live Online

Summit Co-Chairs: Stephen Sims & Jonathan Reiter
Summit CPE Credits: 12
*This event has limited space and will sell out, register to save your spot! 


If we’ve learned anything from Tinseltown’s most iconic monster movies, it’s that danger is always right around the corner. At HackFest Hollywood, cybersecurity’s most offensive practitioners share the scary and spooky tactics used by today’s adversaries.  

This two-day Summit covers all aspects of the offensive side of cybersecurity. Whether it’s penetration testing, adversary emulation, exploitation, or red teaming, there will be keynotes, workshops, CTFs, and other spooky surprises for you to sink your teeth into. Like a monster movie marathon where the monsters are cyber threats and our heroes are experts from the field equipping you with the latest in offensive knowledge.

It will be an unforgettable convergence of hacking and horror, that will leave you better equipped to protect your organization from the monsters lurking in the digital shadows. 

"At SANS HackFest, you get to learn from not only the best security professionals in the industry, but also some of the best-trained instructors. As with many SANS events, HackFest is a welcoming and friendly event for any level security professional. If you can attend, do it!" -  Allie Mellen 


Choose Your Experience: In-Person or Live Online

Whether you're planning to dive into the full HackFest experience in Hollywood, or the free, curated content offered Live Online, you'll walk away with new tools, techniques, and connections that will have a lasting impact on your career.

In-Person: All Access Summit Experience in Hollywood

The In-Person Summit includes exclusive access to: 

  • ALL Summit Keynotes & Talks: Two full days of highly technical content  
  • One-of-a-Kind Networking Opportunities: You'll have the chance to engage with leading experts, SANS instructors, and your peers in the pen test community. Attendees tell us time and again that one of the greatest takeaways from SANS Summits is the many industry connections they forge or deepen during their time with us. 
  • Hands-On Workshops and Challenges 
  • HackFest Hollywood Nights: Join us for an exclusive evening out at Universal City Walk. You’ll have the chance to unwind and explore with your HackFest Chairs, speakers, and fellow attendees.
  • NEW! Offensive Ops CTF: This year will highlight the large variety of offensive skills taught across multiple courses in the Offensive Operations curriculum. Test your skills against challenges based on penetration testing, web application testing, exploitation, and more. Don’t miss your chance to win a free SANS Offensive Ops course! 
  • SANS Offensive Operations Merchandise and Posters 
  • FOOD! - 2-days of breakfasts, lunches, and snacks included 
  • First-Access to Approved Recordings and Presentations

Live Online: Curated Talks Streamed from Hollywood to You

  • Select talks and content
  • HackFest Solutions Track: Leveraging AI in Cybersecurity with Matt Edmondson | Register here.
  • Interactive chat on Discord – connect with your pen test community
  • First access to recordings and presentations

As an attendee, you’ll walk away from your Summit experience with a fresh perspective, a better connection with the community and new tools that you can immediately leverage in your work.

What Attendees Say

"For me, this Summit is another valuable SANS event where every minute is worthwhile." - Moritz Schaefer 

"Attending SANS HackFest Summit was an enriching experience that exceeded my expectations. The comprehensive range of expert-led sessions provided valuable insights into the latest cybersecurity trends and cutting-edge techniques." - Mahima Dharmasena 

"This is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best and to network with the most encouraging people." - Amanda D. 

Bundle Your Summit Experience with a SANS Offensive Operations Course

Enhance your knowledge base and add to your toolkit with a hands-on, immersive course taught by SANS Instructors — the industry's leading practitioners and course authors.

Train Your Way: In-person away from home or office distractions OR Live Online from anywhere.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for SANS HackFest Hollywood 2024. If your organization would be interested in sponsoring, please reach out to sponsorships@sans.org for more information. 

Summit Co-Chairs: Stephen Sims & Jonathan Reiter

Summit CPE Credits: 12

The HackFest Hollywood 2024 Call for Presentations is open until Friday, June 14. If you are interested in presenting, we’d be delighted to consider your ICS security-focused proposal with use cases and communicable lessons. Learn more and submit your proposal here.

To get a taste of the type of dynamic presentations and speakers you’ll see at the 2024 SANS HackFest Hollywood Summit, check out these talks from last year's Summit.

Important Dates

Refund Date Hotel Group Discount Deadline
October 11, 2024 October 7, 2024


Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608

Phone: 818-506-2500

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

At the heart of Los Angeles' entertainment district, this hotel is adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, with a free shuttle to get you there. Looking on to the Hollywood Hills, the hotel is a half-mile from Universal CityWalk shopping and just as close to the local Metro station. Perks include access to the fitness center and outdoor pool.

Hotel Special Rates and Reservations

A special discounted rate of $269.00 S/D plus applicable taxes will be honored based on space availability.

This rate includes Internet in your room and is only available through Monday, October 7, 2024.

The $11.00 LA Ordinance fee is waived for SANS attendees who use the link below.

To make a reservation, please visit this link.

Top 3 reasons to stay at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

  1. No need to factor in daily cab fees and the time associated with travel to alternate hotels. Everything is in one convenient location!
  2. By staying at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, you gain the opportunity to further network with your industry peers and remain in the center of the activity surrounding the conference.
  3. SANS schedules additional networking events at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City that you won't want to miss!

Travel Arrangements and Directions

A discounted self-parking rate of $10.00 per day plus applicable taxes (no in and out privileges) for attendees is available. A discounted self-parking rate of $30.00 per overnight plus applicable taxes (with in and out privileges) for attendees is available.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): Approximately 25.9 miles.

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Experience Los Angeles

3 Quick Facts about Los Angeles

  1. In the year 1973, the Hollywood sign was turned into a landmark
  2. One of the most iconic images of the city is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The street is lined with over 2,600 five-point terrazzo and brass stars acting as monuments to the entertainment industry. It is estimated that over 10 million tourists visit this spot each year.
  3. Runyon Canyon boasts one of the best hiking trails in Los Angeles with its three-mile loop and great views of the city.

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